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A patient's recovery from a hernia operation will be determined by a number of factors, including their age, the size of hernia, the type of operation, and the level of anaesthetic used. Recovery times can be as little as a few days to as long as several months. You may be discharged from hospital the same day as your operation, or you may be required to stay for over a week.

Most hernia operations are not painful due to the anesthetic used. When you wake up, you may develop some level of discomfort but this can be effectively controlled with painkillers.

You will be allowed to return home once the doctors are satisfied that your recovery is progressing in the right manner. Once home, you must follow the instructions given to you by the medical staff to ensure your recovery continues without any problems.

Although you may feel fine a few days after your hernia operation, it's essential to avoid trying to do too much. You must rest to give your body a chance to heal itself, and recover from the surgery.

The recovery process from a hernia procedure is usually pain free but some patients will experience mild discomfort for several days. Minor swelling and bruising can also develop around the operation site.

A full recovery from a hernia operation will take approximately seven to fourteen days. Keyhole surgery patients may recover considerably sooner. However, strenuous exercise, contact sports, and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to six weeks.

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